Today was my first day in my new Spanish class.Previously I’ve taken Spanish classes at OC and can do restaurant menus, read signs, ask very basic questions and keep from getting us lost. But that is about it. When I went to sign up, Diego, the very handsome young man who runs the school gave me some sentences to put into Spanish verbally and decide I what level I was at, Obviously very basic and I was assigned the teacher Diliann. My friend Faye and I are starting this project together, but she will advance quicker than I as she has a much larger vocabulary. We thought we would be in the class room practicing by asking each other questions, but no we were taken out in the public inflicting our attempt at spanish on unsuspecting locals. Following our teachers demonstration, each of us had to stop someone along the way and ask for the directions to the market. With out fail everyone we spoke with stopped and cheerfully gave us directions. The mexican people are very open and generous even with their time. Once at the market we were then to ask what this and that were using the proper form of this and that. Picked up some new vocabulary and gained the tiniest bit of confidence in talking in spanish to locals.
Our afternoon plans were to go to the beach,.
We are on our 3rd week and have been so busy shopping and getting organized we needed to take some fun time. Our beach of preference is Las Gattas which we get to by water taxi crossing to the other side of Zihuatanejo Bay. Our favorite waiter Jose spotted us coming and waved us in 1/2 way down the beach. It was an overcast day so moving an umbrella around to shade us wasn’t important today, but he is always attentive to our needs, shares his knowledge with us and has become a good friend.
Soon Juanita joined us selling her unique jewelry and telling us of how her baby boy Oskar is now almost two. I have been buying her jewelry for 16 years. Then Jorge, our favorite silver salesman, comes by and we make a couple of purchases. I love going to the beach where the stores come to you while you sip a margarita with your toes in the sand. I don’t think life can get much better. Signing off KO